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Chicago Chinatown

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Address: 318 West Cermak Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Phone Number:
+1 712-480-0060
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Chicago's large Chinese neighborhood is full of popular restaurants.

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Unless you are going to eat, there isn't much to see. We went to walk around. I'm a Chinese speaker and I love to go to China towns, but Chicago's China town is much less... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unless you are going to eat, there isn't much to see. We went to walk around. I'm a Chinese speaker and I love to go to China towns, but Chicago's China town is much less beautiful than I remembered from my childhood.

Thank Meredith G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and i loved china town! sits so cute and has a variety of small shops and different kinds of food. The restaurant we went to was Three Happiness Restaurant and it was delicious!! They had very yummy orange chicken and had different choices of you were vegan or vegetarian. We stopped in lots of shops and bought bubble... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chicago's Chinatown is basically an ugly outdoor mall (Chinatown Square) made to look "Chinese," with zodiac sign statues and rusting "pagoda" towers, and Wentworth Ave. Both the mall and Wentworth have Chinese restaurants and tourist trap shops filled with poor quality junk. A lot of the restaurants and shops have had numerous health code violations, including roaches and rodents and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

try a dim-sum brunch and then walk around the town exploring the stores. street parking is available and also paid parking lot which isn't costly

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We only had a couple hours to burn, so we stopped in to explore a small portion of Chicago's Chinatown area. We shopped and window-shopped at many of its import shops and even indulged in a sweet top bun or two. The nine dragons wall is beautiful, even from behind the fence. Eager to visit again to do some more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

The CHINATOWN building is designed as a ancient Chinese castle. And there are a lot of restaurants inside. The one I went called Joy hee which seems a popular one. Descent food and price. There is also a various beverage to order.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

I make a habit of visiting Chinatown's and while they all are a shadow of their former selves, Chicago is part of the big 3 in my mind, including New York and San Francisco. Great atmosphere, Great food, great people. You should definitely visit.

3 Thank TryppAdams
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Pleasantly surprised! I found this Salon online . . . Lucky me! For over 25 years, I've had my hair straightened all over, including Hong Kong and S Korea. I found this Salon online while visiting Chicago. I love my haircut and how my straightening turned out!! Michael is FANTASTIC! Those of you that have had Japanese Straightening know how... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the shops and the sights of Chinatown Chicago. There is plenty of parking and also a cta station that goes by. Mainly eatery's and shops but fun for a days outing. Can see all in a day. Would go back.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

There is an old town Chinatown and a new town Chinatown both within easy walking distance of each other. Both consist primarily of gift shops, bakeries, tea shops and restaurants. We enjoyed our visit but probably won't go back anytime soon. We about saw it all in our one trip.

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Chinatown may be one of Chicago’s smallest neighborhoods geographically, but it's big on character, colors, sights, sounds, and flavors. In this South Side neighborhood, you’ll find authentic Chinese restaurants dotting the length of Wentworth Avenue. After a meal of dim sum, noodles, duck or other tantalizing food specialties, satiate your visual appetite with dozens of public art sculptures sprinkled throughout the neighborhood ranging from animal structures to pagodas, a tile mosaic, Chinatown Gate, and a Buddhist Temple.
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